As part of our little summer schedule, my daughters and I celebrate "What's Cookin' Wednesday" every week. This means I have them 'cook' something small and fun for kids. We have done super high skill stuff like ants on a log, ice cubes made out of juice, ice cream floats, peanut butter and jelly 'sushi', etc. Today we tried apple chips. I don't know why this never occurred to me to do before, but it was so so easy and these were addictive little things. For a split second I wished I had a food dehydrator as my mind started spinning with all the things I could try. But really, why would you need an extra large kitchen appliance when you have a cookie sheet and an oven already? My girls devoured these with their buddies and were asking for more. These will be something we keep on hand regularly, and I can't wait to make these with all the delicious local apples come Fall.
-instructions for these are all over the Internet if you just google "kids cooking ideas"....like I said, very high tech, high skill processes going on over here....
-apples of your choosing (I had pink lady and gala in the fridge)
-cinnamon-sugar (mix the two together if you don't have a jar in your pantry)
Line a couple large baking sheets with parchment for easy clean up. Core the apples, then slice as thin as possible. Lay out on baking sheets, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and pop them in a 250 degree oven. Bake for 2-3 hours, flipping once about halfway (I sprinkled more goodness on them when I flipped) until they are crisp. Mine took closer to 3 hours. Cool, enjoy, and save any leftovers (if you have them) in an airtight container.